Before words, there was music. Growing up across several states and many schools, the steady companionship of Jennifer’s records and cassettes was a constant. After getting her hands on her first “real” instrument in third grade, she had so much to explore and discover, and a natural home among musicians and music-lovers, no matter where she was. This sense of curiosity and community is what has shaped her drive to bring people together around music of all kinds.
Now, Jennifer is an event producer, development and marketing professional, and cultural enthusiast working in non-profit arts since 2006. She is passionate about building cultural communities, celebrating expression, and creating opportunity for people to connect. She began her arts career playing trombone, and holds an MPA in Non-Profit Management and a BS in Music History with a focus on ethnomusicology.
Over the course of 10 years, she served many roles at several arts institutions in the NYC area: Programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park; Special Events at BAM; Marketing & Development at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; Development & NYC events at Yaddo; Development at World Music Institute; and Marketing, Arts & Community Development at the Bronx Music Heritage Center.
In 2015, after many, many years of visiting most every other weekend, Jennifer took the plunge and finally moved to Philadelphia, and has regretted it absolutely not at all. She initially served as Development Director at FringeArts before joining the PFS team. She also independently produces shows at the South Philly Wolf Den; co-organizes Make Music Philly, an annual DIY festival celebrating music across the city; and serves on the Board of Youth Journalism International.
Jennifer is thrilled to be back in the music world full-time and cannot wait to bring her years of producing and business and partnership development to the next phase of PFS. This community of musicians and music-lovers is an inspiration, and she hopes you will stop by and say “hello!”